(Xinhua) -- Kenya’s Vincent Yator, who was injured in
a road accident which killed another runner Francis Kiplagat,
will not honor a call to compete at the Paris Half Marathon on
Though Yator has been discharged from
hospital, his mission to compete in the Paris Half Marathon will
have to wait as he recovers from home.
“Yator has been discharged from the
hospital and is recovering at home in care of his family,
friends and teammates. Good news and best wishes from the entire
team,” his management group Ikaika Sports said on Saturday.
Yator was listed as the top athlete
for the Paris Half Marathon coming in as the winner of the 2015
edition, but will now have to watch from home as compatriots
Evans Cheruiyot, Eliud Kiptanui and John Koech battle it out for
Yator, 28, was to be one of the 45,000
runners on the start line of the most popular half marathon in
“It is a pivotal event of the early
season and a key milestone in the build-up to the main Paris
Marathon in May,” said organizers in a statement.
Without Yator, Kenyans will look upon
Cheruiyot, fourth in last year’s Karlovy Half Marathon (1:00:59)
to wrest the title accompanied by Eliud Kiptanui (1:01:34) and
John Koech (1:01.38).
Frenchman Yohan Durand (1:03:43) in
the 2010 Lille half marathon will have to dig deep. In the
women’s race Kenya will be led by Former Boston Marathon
champion Sharon Cherop.
The Kenyan recorded her personal best
in New Delhi in 2011 of 67:08 and will face competition from
fellow Kenyan Pauline Wanjiku (69:09) in Warsaw in 2014 and
runner-up in last year’s race.
There is also Ethiopian Haklima
Beriso, third in Paris in 2010.